LOTW: To Have Or Not To Have (Yet): The Slip Dress

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I feel like 98% of fashion consist of re-living a past era. Just look at FW15 – it’s clearly dominated by the 70s (fringes, suede, palazzo trousers), but we also find the 80s (broad blazers, high waisted trousers) and the 90s (mom jeans, chokers, SLIP DRESSES). Therefore I am wondering: do we still have fashion or are we left with seasonal trends that come and go?

Because of that I will not tell you that next season will be all about 90s. But one thing that we do know for sure is that slip dresses will be (and already is) huge. Does the name ring a bell? Designers such as John Galliano, Calvin Klein and Narcisso Rodriguez pioneered the slip dress in the 90s and the piece soon enjoyed great popularity: from Lady Di over Kate Moss (she was a huge fan) to Gwyneth Paltrow, everyone wore it. After that came an era of dresses more defined, more firm, more bourgeois if I may say so. And now we’re back in the 90s, craving for that certain loose, sheer, Studio 59 feeling that Tom Ford sort of initiated with his FW15 runway show.

But not only him: Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Céline, Calvin Klein, Burberry – you name it – are telling us that silky, sinuous dresses, camisoles and bias-cut skirts are back and we do SO love it.  Simply stick to these few rules and nothing can go wrong in your new slip dress!

  • length is key: too short looks too come-to-bed. Midi or floor length is more up to date!
  • opposites attract: try not to combine it with something ladylike, rather go for a rocker leatherjacket and chunky boots to give it a little edge!
  • do not fear the cold: slips are ideal for layering, may it be a fine turtleneck underneath or a giant woolen jumper over it – therefore get inspired by the 90s Kate Moss
  • be critical: wearing the slip dress is a tightrope walk. One step in the wrong pair of shoes and your condemned to looking like Charles Dicken’s Miss Havisham!

Check out the gallery for some 90s inspiration and shop the best slip dresses from these days!

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